Australia player ratings as Billy Stanlake shines but skipper Tim Paine scores just four after England ODI humiliation

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Billy Stanlake was Australia's biggest positive from the series.

Australia’s campaign under new coach Justin Langer started off in the worst possible fashion with a 5-0 ODI series defeat to arch-rivals England.

Tim Paine’s men were comprehensively thrashed by the hosts in what was a first-ever ODI series whitewash suffered by the Aussies at the hands of their Ashes rivals.

Here, we rate the performance of Paine and his men after a series which they would quickly like to forget.

AARON FINCH 7 – It was a strange series for the 31-year-old who was made to bat at the No5 position for the first three ODIs. After failing to perform in that role, Finch scored a fine century after being reinstated to the opening position but that was his only knock of note in the entire series.

TRAVIS HEAD 8 – One of the very few Australia players who can actually hold their heads high after that shellacking. Head registered three fluent half-centuries on the bounce and looked to be in great touch throughout.

SHAUN MARSH 8 – Shaun Marsh reminded the Australian selectors that he can still perform a job in the limited-overs setup with two fine centuries. Almost led the side to an improbable win in the second ODI at Cardiff.

Marsh showed he can still play a big role in Australia's ODI squad.

Marsh showed he can still play a big role in Australia’s ODI squad.

GLENN MAXWELL 6 – The maverick Australia batsman looked in great touch at the start of the series with a superb 61-run knock under pressure in the first ODI. Unfortunately for Maxwell, an injury ruled him out of the final two games just when he was looking like getting back to his very best.

ALEX CAREY 6 – The 26-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman made only his second and third ODI appearances for Australia and showed some promising signs with a fighting knock of 44 in the final clash at Old Trafford.

MARCUS STOINIS 6 – The Australia all-rounder looked good only in very brief patches and was otherwise a liability with both bat and ball. He needs to do more with both disciplines if he is to make that all-rounder’s slot his own.

D’ARCY SHORT 6 – The swashbuckling opener has flattered to deceive in recent times and he was constantly in and out of the side during the series owing to his inconsistencies. Did play a handy knock of 47no while batting lower down the order in the final ODI.

TIM PAINE 4 – It was a tough initiation as the ODI skipper for Tim Paine whose only memorable moment came while grabbing a stunning one-handed catch just moment after being struck on the face by the ball in the second ODI. Paine was abysmal with the bat and only mustered 36 runs in five innings.

Not the best way to start your ODI captaincy.

Not the best way to start your ODI captaincy.

ASHTON AGAR 7 – The left-arm orthodox spinner had a fine series individually as he showed glimpse of his all-round quality with some decent cameos with the bat. His bowling was tidy without being too flashy.

KANE RICHARDSON 7 – The Australia pacer picked up three wickets in the first two ODIs before being dropped. He was picked for the final ODI at Manchester and chipped in with three more wickets. Was one of Australia’s better bowlers on the tour.

NATHAN LYON 5 – Australia’s spin spearhead was picked for the last two ODIs after warming the bench at the start but he was unable to stamp his authority in the limited-overs game with just one wicket to show for his troubles.

BILLY STANLAKE 8 – Australia’s biggest positive from their 5-0 whitewash has been the emergence of the lanky express-pace bowler. The 23-year-old quick troubled the hosts with his pace and bounce at the Oval before delivering another fine spell in the final ODI. Picked up six wickets in four matches but more importantly, showed that he is capable of leading Australia’s white-ball attack.

ANDREW TYE 5 – After the highs of the IPL where he finished as the top wicket-taker, Tye was quickly brought crashing down to earth with two highly expensive spells. He completed an infamous century of his own as England racked up a world-record 481-6 at Nottingham.

Lots to ponder about for Andrey Tye.

Lots to ponder about for Andrey Tye.

MICHAEL NESER 5 – The 28-year-old Queensland all-rounder was handed his Australia debut in the first ODI at the Oval and did well with the ball by claiming two wickets. Was dropped for the three subsequent matches before delivering an expensive spell in the final clash at Manchester.

JHY RICHARDSON 6 – The 21-year-old pacer might not have played a game in the series were it not for an injury to Stanlake. Did well in the second ODI but copped some punishment during England’s record total at Nottingham despite claiming three wickets.

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